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The legislature’s spending dance

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32min 19sec
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The Statehouse Capitol’s Gold Dome in Denver, March 23, 2023.

Here's a math problem for you: how do you get hundreds of different bills to add up to one balanced budget? We take you inside the complex process of pricing out legislation and the sometimes controversial ways lawmakers decide what's worth the money.